The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Alyssa sprang up from the couch as she sniffed the air, she smelled a very familiar, mouth-watering, savory smell. She quickly connected what that smell was, fresh hotdogs and hamburgers being freshly cooked on the grill, also known as her favorite dinner as a kid. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and fries was easily Alyssa’s go-to dinner growing up. For Alyssa’s birthday her parents would have the family over for dinner one night. As a kid, she would always choose to have hamburgers, hotdogs, and fries for the family to feast on during her birthday. In her opinion, getting gifts as a kid was obviously the best thing about her birthday. However, being fortunate enough to feast on her favorite combo for dinner with her family around her was a close second. Alyssa would look around the backyard of her house as her whole family would be conversing during the grilling. She would see the grandparents sitting down and reminiscing about their kids and grandkids. The cousins running around the yard playing with the dogs as her Aunts would watch over them to make sure everything was going smoothly. Then she would see her dad and uncles around the grill talking about who’s Oldsmobile was superior. As the grilling was happening and she quickly was able to connect what she smelled to the sight of her father displaying, more like showing off, his mastery of the grill. As he flipped burgers with ease, and cooked them to everyone’s specific preferences, Alyssa’s Uncle would be to the side of her father to be the “backseat driver” of the grill or the backseat griller. Uncle Ryan loved to add his “valuable” input and suggestions to Alyssa’s father by saying things such as “hmmm I don’t know if you should flip them just yet, maybe give them a few more seconds…..” as if keeping the burgers down a few more seconds would really make a difference. Uncle Ryan was never embarrassed more than this one time while Alyssa’s dad was grilling up for the family Uncle Ryan suggested for her dad to squeeze down on the burgers after flipping them, a common mistake. Alyssa’s dad embarrassed Uncle Ryan as he taught him, “pressing down on a burger releases, and therefore wastes, all the very flavorful juices in the burgers that you want to taste while eating them.” He went on to further educate his brother by letting him know pressing burgers down on the grill actually makes it harder to flip them as well. That was the only day Uncle Ryan accepted and admitted that he knew less on a grill than Alyssa’s father.

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